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Costa Mesa

March 22, 2000|Andrew Glazer, (949) 574-4275

The City Council voted Monday to join a coalition of Southern California drug-fighting agencies.

Membership to the Southern California Drug Task Force requires the Police Department to redeploy one of its six narcotics officers to a central Los Angeles office.

Lt. Ron Smith said doing so will allow the city to be more active in squeezing out major drug suppliers.

As a member of the task force, the city would have greater access to drug-fighting intelligence, high-tech surveillance equipment and manpower, he said..

The coalition comprises about 30 city, county, state and federal anti-drug agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Agency.

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